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Celebrate Parents’ Day This Sunday

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Family in a hot air balloonDid you know the fourth Sunday of July was dedicated as Parents’ Day back in 1994? (Former President Bill Clinton signed a resolution with approval from Congress.)  If you didn’t, take time to celebrate yourself and your spouse/partner as a parent this weekend.  Similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Parents’ Day aims to “recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in the rearing of children.”

The National Parents’ Day Coalition also encourages candidate nominations for the annual “Parents of the Year” award.  You can fill out an online nomination form here.

Here at Parents magazine, our mission is to foster “healthy kids, happy families,” and we hope you will take time every day to spotlight the fantastic parental figures that you know (go ahead and include yourselves as well!).

To inspire you, here are some fun family activities for unforgettable celebrations!

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The Berenstein Bears Live! Musical

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

berenstein-bearsThis post is written by John O’Sullivan, Digital Art Production Manager for Parents magazine.

Our daughter has a weird nickname. It’s “The Emily Bear Show.” Neither my wife nor I are completely certain how it solidified. But, like any good nickname, it stuck.

So, when we had the opportunity to take The Emily Bear Show to an Off-Broadway bear show, we certainly snapped at the chance. We took her to “The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical,” a touring show now playing in New York City.

Seeing the Berenstain Bears again—and this time in the flesh—brought about flashbacks from my own childhood. The show was taken from the books. And, just like the classic stories, the musical brought about an entertaining and informative lesson on living the good life—ursine or otherwise.

Of course, Emily’s favorite bit involved Father Bear splitting his pants because he indulged in a few too many candy bars. Pants splitting is always a win-win in early childhood comedy.

The show is a perfect introduction to the realm of musicals for your little ones. It was long enough to entertain, but not too long for jumpiness to ensure. There’s face painting if your kid wants to become a bear, and the cast poses for pictures on the way out. It was a great experience for our little Emily Bear Show, it’ll be great for your little one…even if he or she has a relatively normal nickname.

The show is extended through October, and it can be found at the MMAC Theater at 248 West 60th Street in New York City. More info about the touring show is available at

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